Sunday, March 11, 2012

Still Windy

It's still pretty windy here.  It's rough going over to Eastern Island, but snorkeling has been out of the question.  The birds don't mind too much, but we haven't been able to get any weed work done over there.  The Kahana stayed a few extra days because it was too windy to load the shipping containers back on, but they finally got out of here.

It's the one year anniversary of the tsunami from Japan.  If you haven't seen the photos of that, you can go back and look at my blog from March of last year to see those (click on 2011 under the blog archive, then click March).  We've been getting a lot of questions here about the marine debris from the tsunami last year.  So far we haven't had anything wash up that was out of the ordinary, but modelling shows that we may be getting some debris in the next month or so.  Here's a link to an article that had some quotes from me.
That story got picked up by msnbc.com and discovery.com, so you may have seen it elsewhere.

We had a little get together at Capt. Brooks Tavern last night.  Darlene wanted to try out the new karaoke machine.  This photo is from today, but I took the rest a while back.  My Canon 7D was off for repairs for a couple of weeks and should be back tomorrow night.

With the strong winds lately, the albatrosses have been flying around more than usual.

Here's a Laysan albatross chick nesting in the morning glory.

Here are 2 green sea turtles in the corner of the harbor looking for food.

This is the old galley, where everyone ate before the Clipper House started being used.  On the right, you can see a hole in the roof where one of the ironwood trees was blown over onto the building.

3 comments:

Forest & Kim said...

Thanks for the update Pete.

Here's a shot of the galley before the ironwood ding.
http://www.hear.org/starr/images/image/?q=080608-7510&o=plants

Mitchell K said...

What are the 3, very tall, trees located in front of the galley? Norfolk Pines?

Pete Leary said...

Nice pic Forest & Kim. It looks like you took that the day that I left Midway the first time.

Mitchell, those are Cook pines. They look very similar to Norfolk Island Pines and are frequently identified as such, but the ones we have at Midway are Cook.